By Charly SHELTON
The Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence has named the Glendale Unified School District as a 2015 Honor Roll School District, one of 13 in the state. In addition, 19 GUSD schools have been identified as Honor Roll Schools, chosen from a pool of 1,714 schools across California. This is part of a national effort to applaud what is right with schools and share the learning. The Honor Roll schools and districts have “demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness,” as summarized by GUSD in a release.
The chosen schools fall into two of the three categories awarded by ERP and CBEE – Star Schools, schools with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students who have shown a significant increase in grade level proficiency over time, and Scholar Schools, which show significant levels of grade level proficiency increase over time but do not have as many socio-economically disadvantaged students. The third category, in which no GUSD schools were awarded, is STEM Schools, which is a Star School that excels in science and math.
The awarded Star Schools are Clark Magnet High, Glendale High, Hoover High, Wilson Middle, Balboa Elementary, Cerritos Elementary, Columbus Elementary, Edison Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Glenoaks Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Keppel Elementary, Mann Elementary, Marshall Elementary, Muir Elementary and RD White Elementary. Scholar Schools are Crescenta Valley High, Rosemont Middle and Monte Vista Elementary.
“We are so proud to be recognized by leaders in the California business community as an Honor Roll District and to have so many of our schools recognized,” said Superintendent Winfred Roberson in a statement released by GUSD. “Our teachers and administrators work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and to continuously improve our practices. This hard work and dedication is paying off for all of our students, no matter their background.”